How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 13, 2014

Infighting hindered Swallow probe. Utah’s spending on students got worse during the Great Recession. Mitt Romney hosting a retreat for high-profile Republicans.



  • 11 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
  • 144 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 227 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 508 days until the 2015 elections
  • 584 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 879 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Squabbling and territorial disputes between investigators may have hindered the Legislature’s John Swallow investigation [Tribune].
  • A new analysis says Utah’s last-in-the-nation fell even further during the great recession [Tribune].
  • Utah’s Democrats are having a laugh because they received campaign mailers from Mia Love [Tribune].
  • Mitt Romney is hosting a retreat for high-profile Republicans this weekend at Deer Valley [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick says conspiracy theories surrounding the future of the Salt Lake Tribune are hurting any efforts to preserve the paper [Utah Policy].
  • The next step in building the downtown convention hotel is finding a developer [Tribune].
  • 3 Salt Lake City Council members announce they are going to skip the Days of ’47 Parade [Tribune].
  • Scott Anderson argues it’s time for Congress to act on immigration reform [Deseret News].
  • Ogden City is proposing to spend $5.9 million on building a business park in West Ogden [Standard-Examiner].
  • The redevelopment of the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City has become a rousing success [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted.
  • 1966 – The Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.
  • 1967 – President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1971 – The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1983 – The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
  • 1994 – A jury in Alaska blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Capt. Joseph Hazlewood for the Exxon Valdez disaster.
  • 1996 – An 81-day standoff ended as 16 members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to the FBI.
  • 1997 – A jury voted to give the death penalty to Timothy McVeigh for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2005 – Singer Michael Jackson was acquitted on charges of molesting a 13-year old boy at his Neverland ranch.

World Cup Schedule:

  • Friday
    • Mexico vs. Cameroon (10:00 am, ESPN2)
    • Spain vs. Netherlands (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Chile vs. Austrailia (4:00 pm, ESPN2)
  • Saturday
    • Colombia vs. Greece (10:00 am, ABC)
    • Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • England vs. Italy (4:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Ivory Coast vs. Japan (7:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Sunday
    • Switzerland vs. Ecuador (10:00 am, ABC)
    • France vs. Honduras (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (4:00 pm, ESPN)